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P75 a day for food in jail urged

Inquirer Breaking News - 35 min 49 sec ago
HOW COULD P50 cover three decent meals? Surprised at the meager funding, Sen. Loren Legarda has called for a higher food budget for the country's prisoners, saying they deserve "humane" meals even while serving time for criminal offenses. During a budget briefing with Department of Justice (DOJ) officials on Thursday, Legarda, chair of the Senate committee on finance, broached the idea of raising the budget proposal for prison food from the current P50 to P75 a day for each prisoner. "How does a person eat three meals a day with P50? That's too small. Let's have a more humane rate," Legarda said. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II agreed, saying food supplied to priso...

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21 Abu bandits killed in clashes

Inquirer Breaking News - 38 min 39 sec ago
ZAMBOANGA CITY---Three leaders of the Abu Sayyaf bandit group and 18 followers have been killed in two days of clashes with government troops, the military reported on Sunday.   Lt. Gen. Mayoralgo de la Cruz, chief of the military's Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom), identified the slain bandit leaders as Mohammad Said, alias Amah Maas; Sairul Asbang, and a certain Abu Latip.   De la Cruz said 17 soldiers had been wounded in clashes with the Abu Sayyaf in Patikul, Sulu province, since Aug. 26.   He said troops recovered the bodies of 10 slain bandits, including the body of Said.   Said's group was behind the kidnapping of three Westerner...

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Gov’t office uniforms to go indigenous

Inquirer Breaking News - 40 min 17 sec ago
GOVERNMENT employees wearing uniforms made of indigenous fabrics may soon become a reality.   The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is working with textile experts and weavers to produce a line of everyday office wear that incorporates indigenous textiles and designs for government agencies.   The project will not only spice up the uniforms worn by some 1.5 million government workers, but also revive a 12-year-old law that requires office outfits that promote nationalism and boost the country's rich tropical fabrics industry, DOST said.   "There's a law that says government uniforms should be made of indigenous fabrics, but we are not follow...

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Writers, journalists as freedom heroes

Inquirer Breaking News - 42 min 57 sec ago
THE PEN is mightier than the sword.   Jose Rizal's "Noli Me Tangere" and "El Filibusterismo" exposed the ills of Philippine society and the inequities of Spanish colonial rule, inspiring Andres Bonifacio and others to launch the Philippine Revolution in 1896.   During the dark days of martial law when the media were repressed and suppressed, Filipino writers and journalists once again took the cudgels for freedom to become modern-day Jose Rizals.   Soon after President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law on Sept. 21, 1972, he closed down newspapers and TV and radio stations. Mass arrests of journalists followed, and only newspapers, which were mouth...

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Brownlee wants no letup as Ginebra goes on long break

Inquirer Breaking News - 42 min 59 sec ago
With the way things are going right now for Ginebra, the Kings are looking like a force to be reckoned with this 2016 PBA Governors' Cup. But for Justin Brownlee, there's no reason for Ginebra to be complacent even though they have already clinched a quarterfinals spot. "We still got to finish the season very strong. I think coach Tim (Cone), he tells us one game at a time. So right now, we just focus on our next game and getting better each day and in the playoffs. Hopefully, we can keep this momentum going and when the time is there, we can do very well," he said. Ginebra did just that on Sunday, clawing back from 17-points down and stunning Star, 116-103 for its sixth win in eigh...

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Rising drug deaths shock democratic communities

Inquirer Breaking News - 45 min 4 sec ago
CANBERRA---Since President Duterte launched his war on drug syndicates on July 1, he has plunged the Philippines into a multitheater conflict against a broad front of international institutions, including the United Nations, its human rights rapporteurs, human rights watchdog groups, Amnesty International, the country's Chief Justice and other domestic critics of his violence-driven campaign.   Hundreds of suspected drug dealers have been killed in alleged extrajudicial executions as the administration pursued the President's campaign promise to exterminate the drug menace in three to six months of his presidency.   This campaign has drawn international condemna...

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Monument fit for a President being readied for Abad Santos

Inquirer Breaking News - 48 min 8 sec ago
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO---The monument to the late Chief Justice Jose Abad Santos in Malabang town in Lanao del Sur province may be getting a major face-lift to make it fit for the man who served as acting Commonwealth President until the invading Japanese Army executed him in 1942.   Public Works Undersecretary Rafael Yabut has been rallying fellow Kapampangan to support an improved monument to Abad Santos, a native of this Pampanga capital.   Abad Santos died by musketry on May 2, 1942, in Malabang because he refused to collaborate with the Japanese, according to a biography by Ramon C. Aquino. The execution took place less than a month after Bataan and Corregido...

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Ginebra’s Slaughter set to return vs Mahindra

Inquirer Breaking News - 49 min 30 sec ago
Saddled with an ankle injury for the better part of the conference, Greg Slaughter is about to make his comeback for Ginebranext Friday. Ginebra head coach Tim Cone shared the good news following the Gin Kings' 116-103 victory over Star on Sunday, giving the team an added boost up front as they eye to stay in the top four and enjoy a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals. "He's gonna start practicing fully this week. We're hoping and we're expecting him to play some minutes against Mahindra, but he'll be coming off the bench and he'll be playing limited minutes," he said. Watching in the sidelines on Sunday, Slaughter couldn't handle his excitement as he nears his return to t...

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Mission to crash site suspended

Inquirer Breaking News - 52 min 28 sec ago
THE CIVIL Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on Sunday said retrieval operations for the two fatalities in a helicopter crash in Quezon province had to be suspended due to "zero visibility" brought about by bad weather.   Strong winds and heavy rains prevented helicopters from getting to the crash site in a mountainous area in General Nakar town, where the victims were supposed to rescue several stranded engineers and miners working at the Sumag river diversion tunnel.   "Rescuers from the Philippine Air Force 505th search and rescue group will try to reach the area again early tomorrow morning if good weather prevails," the CAAP said.   It conf...

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IN THE KNOW: Bantayog ng mga Bayani

Inquirer Breaking News - 59 min 6 sec ago
WHILE arguments for and against the burial of Ferdinand Marcos in Libingan ng mga Bayani are yet to be presented before the Supreme Court, arguably Marcos cannot be included in the Bantayog ng mga Bayani.   Bantayog ng mga Bayani (Monument of Heroes), located in Quezon City, is a memorial honoring individuals who defied the repressive Marcos regime. To date, Bantayog has recognized 268 heroes.   It features a black granite Wall of Remembrance, on which the names of those who fought against the Marcos regime are etched. Every year, names are added to the wall. The first 65 names were engraved on the wall in 1992.   The wall stands a few meters from a 1...

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Star not giving up after another debacle, says Simon

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 4 min ago
Peter June Simon surrendered to the fact that in front of nearly 17,000 rowdy fans on Sunday, Star was just no match. "Actually, yun talaga ang sixth man ng Ginebra," he said. "Ever since nandito pa si coach Tim (Cone), napapansin nya rin na sobrang laking tulong ng crowd sa kanila. The best way na i-tame yung crowd is wag sila palamangin at bigyan ng magagandang plays dahil nabu-boost yung players nila." Unfortunately for Star, it wasn't able to do that in the latest Manila Clasico clash. Leading by 17, 49-32, the Hotshots blew it and allowed a furious fightback from the Gin Kings overwhelm them in the second half, eventually leading to a 116-103 victory for Ginebra to the delight ...

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De Lima: Inquisition from dark ages

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 17 min ago
SPEAKER Pantaleon Alvarez and Sen. Leila de Lima exchanged barbs on Sunday as the House of Representatives prepared to begin its inquiry into the senator's alleged links to illegal drug syndicates operating inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).   It's an "inquisition straight from the dark ages," said De Lima, who has denied the allegations against her.   Alvarez, talking to reporters in Leyte on Saturday, challenged De Lima to submit herself to the House investigation to prove her innocence.   "Hindi puwede ngawa nang ngawa ka lang diyan at sasabihin mo wala kang kasalanan (Simply denying the allegations is not enough)," Alvarez said, adding, "That's ...

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Alvarez wants barangay post, youth council axed

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 19 min ago
SPEAKER Pantaleon Alvarez wants the synchronized barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections moved to a later date. Given that, he wants the posts for barangay kagawad (councilor) and SK leaders abolished.   Alvarez told reporters on Sunday he would prefer to replace the kagawad with purok (district) leaders to be appointed by the elected barangay captain. He said he also wants to scrap the SK (Youth Council) in the barangay altogether as their roles were no longer necessary.   "We are considering the abolition of the SK because I think it is no longer right. We might as well get rid of it because all of the sectors are represented anyway. In fact, we already ha...

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Asean leaders await Duterte

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 21 min ago
PRESIDENT Duterte's first foreign trip next month would surely be a big political and media event, Malacaang said on Sunday.   This early, several leaders from neighboring countries have expressed eagerness to meet with Mr. Duterte during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) meeting in Vientiane, Laos, according to Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar.   "We all know President Duterte is the most talked-about leader in Asean and around the world," Andanar told government-owned dzRB radio. Media mob "We expect the international media companies to mob the President in Laos to talk to him," he added.   Mr. Duterte's we...

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Bishop, Catholic schools back student relationships

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 22 min ago
NUEVA Ecija Bishop Robert Mallari is not in favor of a Cagayan de Oro school's policy of prohibiting romantic relationships among its students.   "We are not in favor of this policy. We have a regular formation program regarding values formation and responsible relationships," he said.   The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) shared this view, saying that human relationships play a significant role in the development of a person.   "Schools are places for us to continue building meaningful relationships," said Anthony Coloma, CEAP advocacy and information management officer.   "This is a critical context wherein we build...

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Drug war enters Phase 2

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 24 min ago
AS THE bodies of suspects continue to pile up, Malacaang on Sunday claimed victory in the "first phase" of the war on drugs.   Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the government's unrelenting antidrug campaign, which has claimed almost 2,000 lives barely 60 days after President Duterte was sworn into office, would be entering its "second phase."   Andanar said the next step would involve the rehabilitation of some 700,000 drug users who turned themselves in to police for fear of being killed.   "The President wants to (end the drug problem) as soon as possible. The President promised that within three to six months, the problem w...

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Gina defends DENR exec; ‘not happy’ with another

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 27 min ago
ENVIRONMENT Secretary Gina Lopez has taken up the cudgels for the former head of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) after antimining protesters called for his removal from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).   In a protest turned dialogue on Tuesday, members of Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM), Sanlakas, Lilak and Philippine Movement for Climate Justice, among others, called on Lopez to rid the DENR of officials accused of corruption or inaction, including former MGB chief Leo Jasareno who now leads Lopez's mining audit and whom she earlier named a department undersecretary.   The groups' members include farmers and residents of large-scale m...

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Read-Along lesson: It’s hard but you can be a hero

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 29 min ago
SOME 60 children aged 6 to 12 listened to tales of courage, selflessness and sacrifice during the special Inquirer Read-Along session on Saturday to commemorate National Heroes Day.   "Is it really difficult to become like you?" Vincent, 10, asked Lt. Col. Eliglen Villaflor of the Philippine Army, a 2016 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos awardee and one of the session's featured storytellers.   "Yes, it is," Villaflor said. "We have sacrifices to make but they don't matter because we do our job to serve our nation."   The other readers were teen actress Therese Malvar, veteran storyteller Ann Abacan and Metrobank Foundation's Outstanding Fili...

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Reghis Romero wins round in court, may call firm his

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 33 min ago
CONSTRUCTION magnate Reghis M. Romero II has won a round in the Court of Appeals in the long-running court battle with port operators allied with his estranged son.   The appellate court recently ruled the elder Romero should not be stopped from claiming ownership of the disputed Harbour Centre Port Terminal Inc. (HCPTI)---at least for now.   In an 18-page decision dated Aug. 18, the court's 17th Division annulled the June 9 order of Pasig Regional Trial Court Judge Rolando G. Mislang directing Romero and his firms---R-II Holdings Inc., and R-II Builders Inc.---to refrain from representing themselves as owners of HCPTI. Prejudged case The appeals court said th...

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Bloody Sunday in Manila

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 2 min ago
EIGHT men accused of being drug pushers died on Sunday morning in Manila, five of them gunned down as they reportedly engaged a police team which conducted a buy-bust operation in Quiapo's notorious "Cambodia Alley" on Arlegui Street.   Described as one of the city's most dangerous areas because of rampant drug dealing and use, the narrow alley which was guarded by a metal gate was home to scores of shanties that housed cramped rooms, according to the police.   Within these rooms, there were cubicles where people could buy and use "shabu" (methamphetamine hydrochloride), according to case investigator PO2 Marlon San Pedro of the Manila Police District (MPD) homicide...

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